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The signs of Laylatul Qadr

publish date : 2014-08-27 | Views : 18295
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Dear respected Shaykh, assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Are there signs or personal indications which affirm that a person has attained the virtue of Laylatul Qadr?

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Praise be to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and his companions. Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. As to what follows: In response to your question, we say: Laylatul Qadr is an honored and revered night. Allah raised its status and magnified its worth and said, “ And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?” [al-Qadr 97: 2]. In there is the magnification of the worth of Laylatul Qadr such that it becomes as if it is outside the bounds of the knowledge of mankind and none knows it except Allah the Exalted. There are signs by which this night is known. The most authentic narration that was transmitted about its signs is that on the morning following this night, the sun rises bright without any rays. It was transmitted in Sahih Muslim from the hadith of Ubay ibn Ka’b (may Allah be pleased with him) that he narrated that, “The Messenger of Allah said, “Its indication is that the sun rises bright on that day without rays” [Muslim (762)]. This sign comes after Laylatul Qadr has passed. The wisdom for that, and Allah knows best, is that people should strive in worship, searching for Laylatul Qadr so that those who strive will be happy with their striving and efforts. The Sunnah has indicated that Laylatul Qadr can be known by true dreams. It was transmitted in al-Bukhari and Muslim from the hadith of ibn ‘Umar that some companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were shown in their dreams that Laylatul Qadr would be in the last seven nights of Ramadan, whereupon the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "I see that your dreams all agree upon the last seven nights. Whosoever seeks it, let him seek it in the last seven nights." [al-Bukhari (2015) and Muslim (1165). The Prophet (peace be upon him) was also shown Laylatul Qadr in a dream. Al-Bukhari and Muslim transmitted a hadith from Abu Sa’id al-Khudri that he said, “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “I was shown Laylatul Qadr (in a dream) and I was made to forget it. Therefore, search for it in the last nights (of Ramadan), and I was shown that I was prostrating in water and clay” [al-Bukhari (2016) and Muslim (1167).   However, what is mentioned about lights, the prostration of trees and so forth may happen to some people and these are not general clear-cut signs. In any case I advise my Muslim brothers to strive in all the last ten nights of Ramadan. This is the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he stuck to it until he passed away. I hope that whoever stands up in prayer in the last ten nights of Ramadan will attain the virtues of Laylatul Qadr regardless of whether he sees the signs of that night or not. And Allah knows best.

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